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Tuesday, 29 March 2022 00:00

The Early Stages of a Bunion

If you are feeling anything unusual in your big toe joint, such as tenderness, warmth, swelling, stiffness, pain, or limited range of motion, you may be in the beginning stages of developing a bunion. It takes years for a bunion to fully form, so your condition may not have progressed to the point where you can see the telltale bony bump on the outside of your big toe, nor the big toe bending unnaturally towards the other toes. Do you wear high heels or narrow, tight shoes regularly? Have you suffered a foot injury? Do you have arthritis, a neuromuscular disorder, or a family history of bunions? Any of these factors may put you more at risk of developing a painful bunion. It is important to seek treatment early for a bunion because it can help halt the progression of the condition, give your podiatrist more options for correcting the deformity, and avoid long-lasting complications. If you suspect you are developing—or have developed—a bunion, it is wise to call a podiatrist to examine, diagnose, and treat your condition.

If you are suffering from bunion pain, contact one of our podiatrists of Foot & Ankle Specialists of Central Ohio. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Bunion?

Bunions are painful bony bumps that usually develop on the inside of the foot at the joint of the big toe. As the deformity increases over time, it may become painful to walk and wear shoes. Women are more likely to exacerbate existing bunions since they often wear tight, narrow shoes that shift their toes together. Bunion pain can be relieved by wearing wider shoes with enough room for the toes.


  • Genetics – some people inherit feet that are more prone to bunion development
  • Inflammatory Conditions - rheumatoid arthritis and polio may cause bunion development


  • Redness and inflammation
  • Pain and tenderness
  • Callus or corns on the bump
  • Restricted motion in the big toe

In order to diagnose your bunion, your podiatrist may ask about your medical history, symptoms, and general health. Your doctor might also order an x-ray to take a closer look at your feet. Nonsurgical treatment options include orthotics, padding, icing, changes in footwear, and medication. If nonsurgical treatments don’t alleviate your bunion pain, surgery may be necessary.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Gahanna, Newark, Columbus, and Lancaster, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 22 March 2022 00:00

What Is Cuboid Syndrome?

Cuboid syndrome (also known as cuboid subluxation) involves a tear or injury to the joint and/or ligaments near the cuboid bone in the foot. The bones move but are not fully displaced when one has this condition. Ankle sprains or injuries are often the culprit of this syndrome, but it can also be caused by repetitive strain of the foot or having flat feet. As with many foot problems, this syndrome is more likely to affect those who are: overweight, have arthritis or bone conditions, wear improperly fitting shoes, do not stretch well before exercise, do not allow enough rest of the foot before resuming physical activity, exercise on uneven surfaces, or fracture a bone connected to the cuboid. One can suspect cuboid syndrome if there is pain on the side of the foot near the baby toe, which may intensify with weight bearing or pushing on the arch on the bottom of the foot. The pain can also spread to other parts of the foot when pressure is exerted on the front of the toes, there may be redness near the injured area, swelling of the injured area and ankle due to fluid buildup, less movement of the ankle or lateral side of the foot, weakness in toes on this side of the foot and an altered gait to compensate for pain. Treatments for cuboid syndrome vary and it is suggested that a podiatrist be consulted for proper diagnosis of the condition and pinpointing the best course of action for your case.

Cuboid syndrome, also known as cuboid subluxation, occurs when the joints and ligaments near the cuboid bone in the foot become torn. If you have cuboid syndrome, consult with one of our podiatrists from Foot & Ankle Specialists of Central Ohio. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Cuboid syndrome is a common cause of lateral foot pain, which is pain on the outside of the foot. The condition may happen suddenly due to an ankle sprain, or it may develop slowly overtime from repetitive tension through the bone and surrounding structures.


The most common causes of cuboid syndrome include:

  • Injury – The most common cause of this ailment is an ankle sprain.
  • Repetitive Strain – Tension placed through the peroneus longus muscle from repetitive activities such as jumping and running may cause excessive traction on the bone causing it to sublux.
  • Altered Foot Biomechanics – Most people suffering from cuboid subluxation have flat feet.


A common symptom of cuboid syndrome is pain along the outside of the foot which can be felt in the ankle and toes. This pain may create walking difficulties and may cause those with the condition to walk with a limp.


Diagnosis of cuboid syndrome is often difficult, and it is often misdiagnosed. X-rays, MRIs and CT scans often fail to properly show the cuboid subluxation. Although there isn’t a specific test used to diagnose cuboid syndrome, your podiatrist will usually check if pain is felt while pressing firmly on the cuboid bone of your foot.


Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are ice therapy, rest, exercise, taping, and orthotics.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Gahanna, Newark, Columbus, and Lancaster, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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Tuesday, 15 March 2022 00:00

Painful Broken Toe

A broken toe can be surprisingly painful. We have probably all stubbed a toe while rushing around barefoot in the dark or trying to get somewhere too fast. When that happens, it hurts. Sometimes, after elevating the foot and taking an over-the-counter pain reliever, the pain subsides and all is well. Other times, the toe is swollen or bruised, the pain persists, and it becomes hard to bear weight on the affected foot. Your toe bone may have come out of alignment and point at an odd angle, there may be a deep cut, and if a break heals improperly, other problems can develop. If the toe does not feel better in a day or two, it is suggested that you see a podiatrist for proper diagnosis and treatment so you can get back to normal functioning as quickly as possible.

Broken toes may cause a lot of pain and should be treated as soon as possible. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Foot & Ankle Specialists of Central Ohio. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is a Broken Toe?

A broken toe occurs when one or more of the toe bones of the foot are broken after an injury. Injuries such as stubbing your toe or dropping a heavy object on it may cause a toe fracture.

Symptoms of a Broken Toe

  • Swelling
  • Pain (with/without wearing shoes)
  • Stiffness
  • Nail Injury

Although the injured toe should be monitored daily, it is especially important to have a podiatrist look at your toe if you have severe symptoms. Some of these symptoms include worsening or new pain that is not relieved with medication, sores, redness, or open wounds near the toe.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Gahanna, Newark, Columbus, and Lancaster, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 08 March 2022 00:00

What Is Causing Your Heel Pain?

Pain in the heel is a very common problem, but it can occur for a variety of reasons – including structural issues, like plantar fasciitis, or Achilles tendonitis. Generally, the most common source of heel pain is plantar fasciitis, which is a result of the tissues that connect the heel to the toes (the plantar fascia) becoming inflamed or partially torn. Achilles tendonitis is also common and occurs when the Achilles tendon (which connects the heel to the calf) becomes inflamed and pulls on the heel. Heel pain can also occur from damage to the bone, such as a bone bruise or stress fracture. The fatty pad at the bottom of the heel can wear away over time and cause pain as well.  Ultimately, it’s a good idea for anyone who is struggling with heel pain to consult with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis of the source of their pain. Upon diagnosis, a treatment option can be developed.

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists of Foot & Ankle Specialists of Central Ohio. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Causes of Heel Pain

Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.

Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.

Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.

Why Might Heel Pain Occur?

  • Wearing ill-fitting shoes                  
  • Wearing non-supportive shoes
  • Weight change           
  • Excessive running


Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress-free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a condition of the past.

If you have any questions please contact our offices located in Gahanna, Newark, Columbus, and Lancaster, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Friday, 04 March 2022 21:08

Osteoarthritis Foot Pain

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Our bodies naturally change as we grow older. With over 30 joints in your feet and ankles, it’s no wonder that people often complain of foot pain as they age – there are so many moving parts! One major cause of foot pain in our elderly patients is a painful condition called osteoarthritis

To help understand osteoarthritis, it’s important to know about how your joints work along with cartilage. A joint is where two or more of your bones intersect. Cartilage helps your joints work smoothly by providing a slick surface, allowing you to bend your joints with ease. Cartilage is mainly there to make sure your bones don’t rub together as you move. Unfortunately, joint cartilage naturally wears down as you age, causing your bones to run together, causing pain. 

Osteoarthritis in your feet and ankles is typically centered around the big toe, the heel, and the top of the ankle. You may experience the following symptoms:  

  • Achey, stiff joints – especially right when you wake up 
  • Perpetual joint pain, weakness, or tenderness 
  • Pain or difficulty walking 
  • Limited movement in your joint 
  • Swelling in your joint 
  • A cracking noise each time you try to move your joint 

What if I have osteoarthritis? 

Arthritis is a progressive disease, which means it can worsen over time. That’s why it’s important to recognize all of the signs so it can be treated as early as possible. Our podiatrists offer many treatment methods to reduce pain and slow osteoarthritis’ progression. After a consultation, they will likely recommend a combination of these treatment methods: 

  • Stretching and strengthening exercises 
  • Custom orthotics 
  • Anti-inflammatory medication 
  • Solving other foot ailments that might be contributing to arthritis pain 
  • Surgery 

If you are dealing with pain stemming from any of your joints in your foot or ankle, we are here to help! At Foot and Ankle Specialists of Central Ohio, our team of experienced podiatrists provide a wide range of treatments for our patients. Whether you have a chronic condition like arthritis or diabetes, or need treatment for an acute injury, we are here to provide the highest quality podiatric care. Contact any of our offices in Gahanna, Columbus, and Newark, OH to schedule an appointment today!

Wednesday, 02 March 2022 00:00

Gout Pain Can Be Managed

Gout is a painful, inflammatory form of arthritis. Those affected will typically feel an intense stiffness in the joints of their feet, particularly in the big toe. Schedule a visit to learn about how gout can be managed and treated.

Tuesday, 01 March 2022 00:00

Types of Metatarsal Fractures

The metatarsals are the five long bones located in the middle of your foot which connect the toes to the rest of the foot. When any of these bones break, it is known as a metatarsal fracture. There are several types of metatarsal fractures. Stress fractures occur when a bone develops one or more tiny cracks due to it being unable to bear the load placed on it. A Lisfranc fracture-dislocation occurs when the second metatarsal bone is broken and knocked out of place. A fracture of the fifth metatarsal bone, the most common type of metatarsal fracture, occurs when excessive stress or overuse causes the bone that connects your pinky toe to the rest of your foot to break. If you have symptoms of a broken foot bone, such as pain, swelling, bruising, and difficulty walking or bearing weight on the injured foot, it is strongly suggested that you seek the care of a podiatrist as soon as possible.

A broken foot requires immediate medical attention and treatment. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists from Foot & Ankle Specialists of Central Ohio. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Broken Foot Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

A broken foot is caused by one of the bones in the foot typically breaking when bended, crushed, or stretched beyond its natural capabilities. Usually the location of the fracture indicates how the break occurred, whether it was through an object, fall, or any other type of injury. 

Common Symptoms of Broken Feet:

  • Bruising
  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Blue in color
  • Numbness
  • Cold
  • Misshapen
  • Cuts
  • Deformities

Those that suspect they have a broken foot shoot seek urgent medical attention where a medical professional could diagnose the severity.

Treatment for broken bones varies depending on the cause, severity and location. Some will require the use of splints, casts or crutches while others could even involve surgery to repair the broken bones. Personal care includes the use of ice and keeping the foot stabilized and elevated.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Gahanna, Newark, Columbus, and Lancaster, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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